Colour and Light
“That’s what it’s all about for me, whether the colour and the light in the image work together to deliver an experience that resonates with the viewer and with me. And, of course, do I like it, does it all work together.
I’m not sure that there’s any difference between abstract or figurative work, it’s just about the image and does it fire up any recognition of past experiences, does it help to remember a time and place and emotion. It has to or it doesn’t work. Does that combination of colour and marks help to remember something, an experience.
This body of work might be flower paintings or abstract colour pictures, they are the motif, the thing that starts it all off and helps to bring about the image. From a starting point I have the tools to work on a combination of colour and marks. These pictures are created electronically, rather than in paint, and the prints on show here are the originals, they only exist as digital images.
I’m indebted to Nick Lukey, my printer for his help in bringing the images into print.”
Mike Hutchby studied Fine Art painting in Brighton under Dennis Creffield, a former member of the Borough Group which had been led by David Bomberg in the 1940’s. Mike cites his influences as including Dennis, Frank Auerbach, Howard Hodgkin, Mathew Smith, de Kooning, and Rothko, of course, to name a few.
Mike says the highlights of his career as a painter include being awarded a prize for a colour painting in 1974 by John Hoyland and as a student he exhibited a painting at the Mall Galleries in London. Misguidedly the judge Sir Roy Strong didn’t select his picture for an award. Mike normally works in acrylic and this is his first foray into digital painting.